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P R E S I D E N T ' S
by

C O L U M N

James W. Porter ii, President

Connecting The Dots:
Registration To
Confiscation

N

o matter how dishonest a "scientific study" might be on the issue of gun
control, as long as it supports the agenda of the gun-ban movement, it gets
massive loyal media attention.
But the inverse of that rule is true as well. If conclusions on various gun control
schemes don't fit the gun-ban end-game, they just don't exist. Their game is to
assure that the members of the public remain "no information" voters when it
comes to the truth about gun control.
Such is the case with an internal white paper proffered by the deputy director of
the National Institutes of Justice (nij), the u.s. Justice Department's think-tank. The
report's conclusions are huge.
The remarkable internal analysis did receive attention from bloggers and conservative
media largely based on a well-executed video done by Chris W. Cox, executive director of
the nra Institute for Legislative Action. The study bears amplification here.
Written by nij's Greg Ridgeway, Ph.D., the document dissects all of the current gun
control schemes pushed by the gun-ban crowd.
Titled "Summary of Select Firearms Violence Prevention Strategies," the
January 2013 paper sums up many of the standard gun control schemes, but draws
some damaging conclusions.
Given the radical anti-gun tilt of President Barack Obama and his Attorney
General, Eric Holder, Ridgeway's findings sharply differ from the administration's
gun-ban "commonsense" nonsense.
The importance of his analysis comes with connecting the dots.
Among his major conclusions is the necessity to transform universal
background checks into universal gun owner registration, and from there, to
registration as the central means to enforce a gun ban. On universal background
checks-the gun-ban crowd's current flavor du jour-the nij deputy director
determines that "Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing,
requiring gun registration. ..." (Emphasis added.)
Ridgeway fails to mention that "straw purchases"-whereby individuals who can
pass a background check illegally obtain firearms for those who cannot-already
constitute a 10-year federal felony along with a host of other federal criminal charges
and these "straw purchases" are almost never prosecuted.
Ridgeway reckons that "The challenge to implementing this more broadly is that
most states do not have a registry of firearms ownership."
The registration-to-confiscation leap is highlighted with his discussion of
Australia's massive civil disarmament.
Among the "strategies" Ridgeway covers are "gun buybacks," which he says are
"generally ineffective." However, the 1990s forced civil disarmament in Australia,
he opines, "is an exception" because "It coupled the buyback with a ban on certain
weapons and a nationwide registration and licensing program." (Emphasis added.)
Those "certain weapons"-forcibly taken from thoroughly law-abiding licensed
gun owners who had duly registered them with the government-included all
semi-automatic rifles and shotguns and all pump-action shotguns-700,000 private
arms in all. Everything from Ruger 10/22s to fine Winchester Model 12s were cut,
torched and turned into scrap by a government that gun owners had trusted with
licensing and registration. In a follow-up confiscation, licensed Aussie handgun owners

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EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS
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INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION
James W. Porter II
Allan D. Cors
Pete R. Brownell
Wayne LaPierre
Edward J. Land Jr.
Wilson H. Phillips Jr.
R. Kyle Weaver

were robbed of their property by a
second "buyback," this time of registered
pistols and revolvers. The equivalent
number of destroyed firearms in the
u.s. would number 40 million.
Ridgeway's nij coverage of Australia
is paramount since President Obama has
embraced what he called "transformation"
for the u.s., saying "In the United
Kingdom, in Australia ... they
mobilized and they changed."
Yet for all of this, Ridgeway admits the
Australian private firearm destruction
program "appears to have had no effect
on crime. ... "
As for so-called "assault weapons bans,"
Ridgeway says, those firearms "are not a
major contributor to u.s. gun homicide ...
an assault weapon ban is unlikely to have
an impact on gun violence."
In all of this, he makes the point that
registration is the means to remove guns
from private hands once government
declares them to be prohibited.
And that's where we come full circle
in connecting the dots. Let me define in
legal terms what universal background
checks amount to for individual gun
owners: Such a law would criminalize all
now-legal intra-state transfers of firearms
between law-abiding individuals like us,
if those transactions were not submitted
for federal government permission.
Universal background checks,
especially given the lawless nature of the
Obama administration, are the platform
for gun owner registration.
We must never allow that
"commonsense" lie of universal
background checks to become law-
not now or ever.

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